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TU holds 62nd Commencement
More than 370 students received degrees during Thomas University's annual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6, at the Ben Grace Historic Quadrangle on TU's Forbes Campus. Associate, bachelor's, master's and educational specialist degree were presented.
The Commencement speaker was Charles W. Dunne, a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute, the oldest Washington-based institution dedicated solely to the study of the Middle East. MEI has a reputation as an unbiased source of information and analysis on the Middle East. MEI remains a respected, non-partisan voice in the field of Middle East studies.
Also during Commencement, the Professor of the Year Award was presented to Professor Gale Whitehurst, an academic advisor and history professor who's served at TU for four decades.
Outstanding graduates recognized at annual honors reception
Students graduating with honors and those selected for top division awards were recognized during Thomas University's annual Honors Reception held Friday, May 5, at the Best Western Rose City Conference Center in Thomasville.
The President's Award, TU's highest honor presented to a student, went to Braxton Hicks of McAlpin, Florida. A biology major with a concentration in environmental science and a minor in geographic information science, Hicks also received the outstanding graduate award for the Division of Science.
"Braxton is an open-minded critical thinker, is very inquisitive, embraces new concepts and likes a good challenge," said Dr. Christine Ambrose, assistant professor of conservation biology and the director of the Geospatial Analysis Planning and Preservation (GAPP) Center at TU, as she presented the division award. "For him, the sky is the limit. He is a talented researcher and has been a tremendous asset to the Environmental Science and GIS (Geographic Information Science) programs at Thomas University. Braxton has made significant contributions working with local organizations and community partners on several GIS projects to conserve rare natural resources and promote ecotourism."
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Lee steps aside as Night Hawks baseball coach
Thomas University announced May 8 that Mike Lee will step down from his post as Head Baseball Coach after 21 seasons. Lee has also been the school's Athletic Director for the past 19 years and will remain in that role for the Night Hawks.
"It has been a great honor to coach the young men I have been fortunate to recruit over the years, and I owe them a debt of gratitude for allowing me to fulfill my dream of coaching baseball for a living," Lee said. "With the growth of our university and athletic department over the past few years, I felt it was time to concentrate on the full development of the entire athletic program. That is difficult to do with the time required to coach baseball as well. I have poured my heart and soul into this. I will miss it, but I think my time and efforts will be of more use to the university as a full time administrator."
Randy Adams will replace Lee as Head Coach. Adams played for the Night Hawks from 2009 to 2011 and has been the Head Junior Varsity Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach for the past five seasons. Read more.
Thiers TU's first RN to MSN-MBA graduate
Ashley Sells Thiers of Ringgold, Georgia, made history at Thomas University on Wednesday, April 26, when she became the first student to complete the requirements for TU's RN to MSN-MBA degree program. After earning an associate degree in Nursing from Darton State College and becoming a registered nurse, Thiers enrolled in TU's program which took her straight from the associate degree to the master's degree level. With an interest in both nursing administration and business, Thiers was able to complete the program taking hybrid and online classes. She graduated May 6 with both a Master of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Business Administration degree. Thiers' capstone project, "Implementation of a Lean Initiative in a Skilled Nursing Facility," allowed her to utilize the knowledge and skills gained from her degree requirements to impact her community healthcare system.